David Smith, (left) Primo Piano I, 1962, (right) Primo Piano II, 1962.

“David Smith: The White Sculptures”

New Windsor, New York

Storm King Art Center

Did David Smith intend to leave eight large white sculptures white, the state in which they were seen at Bolton Landing, when he died suddenly in 1965? That question, which has periodically vexed art historians, drove an intriguing exhibition at Storm King Art Center, where six of the white-painted steel constructions were installed outside on the lawn, including the three Primo Piano sculptures on view together for the first time. These works were contextualized by an indoor display of related sculptures, paintings, photographs, and sprays, in addition to a newly digitized 16 mm film by the sculptor Robert Murray that documents many of Smith’s works in the fields surrounding his home and studio after his death. The carefully calibrated installation raised more questions than it could answer. …see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.

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